Busy weekend for painting this weekend. “Practice makes perfect” and I am going full steam ahead with this. I am submitting my art work for the first time at the member show this year with our local art council. I have previously submitted my photography but this year it will be my artwork and I am really excited about this. I haven’t decided what I am submitting yet, but I am enjoying the creative part of figuring that out!
This WIP is mixed media and a combination of Jane Davenport’s aqua pastels, prima pencils, pen and ink, scrap paper, windsor newton watercolors, charcoal pencils.
This is my favorite part. I never really thought about it, but since I am painting more and more, I can’t help but notice the collection I have created. I started documenting with my phone my progress in my art journal paintings. This is a point that I feel I can stop and where I am. I realized I had a collection and took a look last night of these stops, here are just some of them. I’m grateful for starting with learning to draw a face. For me, something comes out of me and goes into the face that I wasn’t aware was even there. The eyes are a window into a soul so there comes a point when that window is looking back at me and I can relate to her and another process begins. I never experienced this before or knew that I could. In experiencing this, it doesn’t matter the end result, which is what I always thought was the most important thing, it’s not. I love what I am learning in these paintings about the process, myself, and where I am going in this journey. These eyes are not done and my current painting, but she is alive now 🙂
This week’s mixed media from my art journal. A Girl and Her Fox. I’m doing a lot of practicing from reference photos and also from my own head and this is a combination of both. I was also a lot more messy in this process and was trying to trust this process. I used watercolor, acrylic and digital elements.
I feel like I am always trying to challenge myself and try different things. I use to give up very easily. Things i would work on would get put aside if I didn’t like the way they were turning out. When I was working on this portrait, I struggled during the drawing. I was trying to draw a more realistic face and it just wasn’t working. I ended up drawing her eyes several times. When I first painted her, she looked like a criminal and was very mean. I didn’t get a good feeling at all when I completed the first color in her face. I’m learning and have learned to trust this process and keep going and I’m glad I did. Rose Girl is created with all watercolors.
“Listen Only to what sets you Free” was created with only watercolors and is inspired by words that I saw written on the internet. She was created in all watercolors. What set’s us free will vary greatly, we are individuals, and that is ok. Listen only to what sets YOU free and let others do the same.
In the winter, at least for the past 3 years, my heart wants to paint a owl. I’m not sure if it’s because they are more visible in the stillness of winter or the holidays but this painting has been my most challenging to date. I used only watercolors for this painting and a lot of details, and patience. I am very excited with the results of this Fiery Owl painting.
I created “Pray” after I completed the Watercolor Dreams class. Since the watercolor dreams class I have completed several drawings waiting to be painted. There were so many that I wanted to do in that same style so it ended up that “Pray” was the first one I completed with techniques from the Watercolor Dreams class. I am still learning to let go in my paintings.
One of my resolutions for 2018 is to challenge myself artistically. I see things and have a vision usually of how I want them to be, but a lot of times I get carried away. I love mixed media and creating something out of multiple things but I also love a much softer, or romantic look. I have accumulated so many art supplies and have been working with so many different mediums in my mixed media projects, when I saw this class offered, as soon as I saw this lesson I had to sign up. This is by artist Katrina Koltes and the class is called Watercolor Dreams. I am so proud of this Butterfly Girl. Drawing completed by me, no tracing involved and only a few colors of watercolor.
I never really understood art journaling or why it was so popular. I was always inspired by the art that other people were creating but I always felt like putting it in a book or doing art for yourself was something I didn’t have time to do. Then I started just doing it. I still have so many regrets going through so many years and not creating or opening up that part of my mind, but I am coming more to terms with that regret and trying to focus more on going forward and enjoying this process, what I am learning and what I am creating. Some times my paintings are sad, which is the case in this one which I am calling “Lost.” What is amazing is once I was completed, those feelings were released. Art is my therapy!